You should take a look at NASA's Visible Earth photographs. Billions of pin-pricks of light sketch out the Earth's continents against the pitch-black land and sea. Look closer, and you can pick out the details: see the Nile snake it's way to Mediterranean Sea, or the trans-Siberian railway cutting right across Asia. Now take a … Continue reading Stepping stone or leapfrog? Decentralised energy in the developing world
The green party doesn't need to win seats to influence the direction of our country. But it does need to refocus it's messaging on ecological concerns. Doing this can force the mainstream political parties into developing deep green policies. UKIP have only ever held a single seat in the house of commons. However, the party … Continue reading Could the Green Party learn a thing or two from UKIP?
I feel like Captain B McCrea of the Spaceship Axiom. If you've seen Pixar's Wall-e, you might know what I'm talking about. In a dystopian future where humans, watched over by an omniscient AI, have forgotten the Earth; McCrea rediscovers human culture and the natural world by watching videos from the past. In his wonderment … Continue reading Why a sustainable society needs the personal and the communal
An edited version of this article appears on the Mott MacDonald Views blog. The offshore wind industry is a power house of Europe. By the end of 2016, there were 13GW of offshore wind turbines operating in Europe, enough to power approximately 14 million households, with an additional 1.5 GW in the rest of the … Continue reading For whom the wind blows
A lot has been said about the return of social democracy as a force in British politics. The air in the cities is full of optimism – and pollution. For the environmentalist, the general election has been a mixed bag, but there is cause for celebration. On the face of it, the results were poor: … Continue reading What next for the green agenda?
Wind and solar continue to make ground on conventional generation – so how can variable renewable electricity generators be integrated into the power system? The variability of wind and solar power generation is the Achilles heel of renewable energy. However, these technologies continue to make ground on conventional power generation on measures of cost and … Continue reading Four policy pillars of renewable energy integration
Dieter Helm, CBE, is an energy policy professor of The University of Oxford, a member of the Economic Advisory Committee to the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and the Chair of the Natural Capital Committee. His views, then, are likely … Continue reading Book review: The Carbon Crunch